Site Allocations Plan March 2016

Comment ID 1020673//27
Document Section Site Allocations Plan March 2016 Schedule 1: Proposed large sites for residential development over 10 dwellings (Sites marked with a * are mixed use sites). Service Villages Moor Lane, Backwell View all on this section
Respondent Environment Agency View all by this respondent
Response Date 28 Apr 2016
Comment

Water voles:

Our records indicate that water voles may be present in these areas of proposed works.

From 6th April 2008 the water vole is now fully protected under Schedule 5, Section 9, of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) which makes it illegal to:

  • Intentionally kill, injure or take water voles or intentionally or recklessly damage, destroy or obstruct access to any structure or place used for shelter or protection, or to disturb water voles while they are using such a place.

The following measures should be taken in order to meet legal obligations to protect this species:

  • The area should be surveyed at an appropriate time, prior to work beginning for water voles, by a qualified ecologist.
  • If evidence is found, advice on how to proceed must be sought from the ecologist.

Deciduous Woodland: Dormice

Breeding season for dormice is May - late Oct.

SSSI:

These sites are adjacent to the Axe and Somerset Streams SSSI. Natural England must be fully consulted under the Habitat Regulations 1994 (as amended) if the streams will be affected by these developments.

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